Inspiring the Next Generation of Educators
Charlie Kurtz '65 and Linda Kurtz '69,'72
Charlie and Linda Kurtz know firsthand the impact that an Ohio State education can have on someone's life, and all the lives they touch. They are committed to providing future educators with the opportunity to start their teaching careers with a degree from Ohio State.
Attending The Ohio State University College of Law was the obvious choice for Charlie since there is a long history of Ohio State graduates in his family. Beginning in 1908, four generations of the Kurtz family have graduated from three of the colleges.
Linda was the first in her family to attend Ohio State, but she quickly found her place and knew she made the right choice. Both have fond memories of their time at the university, especially cheering on the football team during home games. After graduation, Charlie enjoyed a successful career as a lawyer, and Linda as a teacher.
Linda carried her love for being a student at Ohio State into her teaching career. "I taught the alma mater, the fight song and other Ohio State songs to my students and encouraged parents to come into the classroom and share their school songs too," says Linda. "Every Friday, the students would yell, 'Go Bucks' as they left the classroom."
As a teacher, Linda strived to instill a strong love for learning in her students. When Linda was at Ohio State, the professors allowed each student to process the material in their own learning style, and she used the same individualized teaching approach with all of her students. "I wanted each one of my students to become the best student they could be," says Linda.
Charlie and Linda both believe that helping others achieve a strong education will make the world a better place. As a way to honor Linda's profession, Charlie decided to endow a scholarship fund for students interested in a career in teaching and gave it to her as a Christmas present.
The couple later considered their options and decided to designate the scholarship as a beneficiary of their estate. By making this blended gift, they are able to meet the needs of students now and leave a larger impact with an estate gift to ensure that future students interested in a career in teaching can benefit from the scholarship.
The Kurtz's scholarship will give students with a passion for teaching the opportunity to focus on their academics without worrying about the financial burden of an education.
"We need prepared educators for future generations, and we hope our financial support allows them to achieve this and go out and help others learn," said Linda. "Everyone needs a chance at impacting others in a positive way."